Just For Fun

Just For Fun :: Firewood as Art

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Now that winter is in full swing, so is fire making season! There is nothing I love more than curling up by the fireplace after a long day. As a designer, when I see anything functional, I think “well how can we make this beautiful too”?

Fireplaces {or the stack of wood next to them} are the perfect opportunity for a beautiful moment. What I love about these stacks of wood is that they really become an art piece when used in the right way. They add texture and both geometric and natural interest to a space, and of course, serve a function. “Function meets form” is the best type of relationship in my mind and this is a match made in heaven.

I’ve pulled together some images that are inspiring me from around the web below…

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Design is everywhere. Be Inspired.

Kate

Just For Fun :: MV Margaritas

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Dreaming of summer months {and summer homes} is clearly my best defense against the New England winter cold. As we start looking at our 2016 summer home projects we’re constantly drawing inspiration from projects past and getting excited about reinventing our summer home designs for these new families.

This featured project was quite the whirlwind last spring. We whipped everything together in three months, furnishing and accessorizing this gorgeous seaside home in record time. The house sits on 140 acres of land and overlooks the most picturesque, ocean view you can imagine.

When the project was done, we rested our tired legs in some adirondacks overlooking the ocean, cold glasses in hand, and cheers-ed to a job well done! Check out some photos from the project below, as well as the delicious margarita recipe {from Gimme Some Oven} which was the perfect after-installation-treat. The Cointreau, fresh-squeezed lime juice and agave {or simple syrup} are all right up my alley!

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INGREDIENTS ::

3 cups tequila, silver or reposado
2 cups Cointreau {orange liqueur}
1.5 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
Optional: agave nectar or simple syrup for sweetening, if desired
Ice
Optional: lime wedges and salt for rimming the glasses

DIRECTIONS ::

  1. If you would like salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime slice {the juicy part} around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt.  Set aside.
  2. Stir tequila, lime juice and Cointreau together in a large pitcher until combined.  Add your desired amount of sweetener if desired {I would begin with 2-3 tablespoons agave} until the margaritas reach your desired level of sweetness.
  3. Fill the glasses with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with extra lime wedges if desired.

{Recommendation: enjoy in front of a view like this!}

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For more photos from this project shot by Sean Litchfield check out Martha’s Vineyard on the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page.

Design is everywhere. Be inspired.

Kate

Horizons for Homeless Classroom Design with Wayfair

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As we enter the heart of the holiday season, we feel blessed and fortunate for everything in our lives. We were so happy to collaborate with Wayfair on a project that would give back to our community and bring happiness to those who deserve it most.  With Christmas fast approaching, we felt this was the perfect time to share this project with you all.


Earlier this year, Wayfair approached me to be a keynote speaker at their Trade Services Workshop held during Boston Design Week. This was shortly after we rebranded and launched our new website so I was thrilled! It was the perfect opportunity to share our newly gained insight on the world of branding as well as start to build a relationship with a Boston-based design powerhouse.

Shortly after the event, we received an email from Jessica, the Marketing and Brand Manager at Wayfair, about an upcoming charity project they were working on in Jamaica Plain. The KMID team and I had just been discussing a way to get involved within the community and this project fit the bill perfectly! We wanted to help out in any way possible, utilizing our skill set in a way that would benefit the community around us. It was a match made in heaven.

Wayfair was planning to makeover a local preschool and was looking to partner with an interior designer to help them make the most of the project. The chosen preschool for the makeover was Horizons for Homeless Children in Jamaica Plain. The selected classroom cares for 15 children from local shelters while their parents are either working, attending school, or a work training program.

Wayfair has a large assortment of pre-k furniture providers on their site that they worked with to get the products donated or discounted. Our job was to layout the room to maximize function, and choose the furnishings, finishes, paint colors, etc. People are always asking us about our design process, so although this project was a little different for us, I though this was a good chance to give you an inside peek!

Our first step was to meet with the teacher, along with the Wayfair team, to discuss what goals she had for the new space. Above all it had to be functional for the teacher and students’ needs so it was imperative to walk through the space with her. Alison and I took rough sketches and notes as well as measured the space.

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Alison then entered these notes into sketchup, and worked with the room dimensions to create a layout that made sense. Wayfair guided us as to which vendors were participating and donating goods so we faced certain limitations as to what we were able to choose for our designs. Additionally, we had to ensure that all of the items we chose met the safety requirements for a preschool.

We knew we wanted to clearly define the different spaces in the classroom. Part of what created these divisions, were the cubbies throughout the room. We wanted all of these to be different heights depending on their function, but in the same wood tone so as to not distract from the more fun elements in the space. The rugs also helped to divide the areas; for example a star shaped rug in the drama area and a solar system rug in the science area.

Once we had a clear plan, Alison and I presented our design boards and floor plans to Wayfair…

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After creating and approving our wish list of Wayfair products, the Wayfair team procured all of the items. Once we had a timeline for when all of our purchases would arrive, we scheduled an install date.  On the weekend of installation, 18 volunteers assembled in Jamaica Plain to help with the installation.  The KMID team was on site and ready to get their hands dirty…except baby Julia, who was sitting pretty while we all worked :).  Check out some photos from the install below.

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We are so proud to have worked with Wayfair and Horizons for Homeless Children on this project.  Knowing that these kids will have a functional and beautiful space to learn and create is so rewarding and makes our job easy. We will be having a grand reveal in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more complete images of the final space!

UPDATE :: You can check out the full interview, as well as before & after photos, here.

Oscars :: Dreamy Dress Inspiration

Like always the allure of the Oscars has left me feeling inspired. The glitz, the glam, and the scaling back…Here are some of my favorite looks of the night!

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Gwenyth Paltrow in Ralf & Russo Couture

This dress was so simple and yet it still made a statement.  Pale pink and silk-crepe perfection with a bold floral detail in the same fabric, just gorgeous! For me this dress was all about the texture. The way the clean lines of the dress shaped her while the floral statement spoke in the same fabric.  You can create interest with fabric when using the right lines and textures.

One of the crucial places choosing a fabric with the right texture is most certainly window treatments. If they don’t drape right, there is simply no point.

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Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

Leave it to Jlo to bring the drama with her plunging neckline and enormous train in this Elie Saab ballgown. She looks like a princess in this dress!  A designer that comes to mind when I think drama in a space is Miles Redd. I’ve boasted about his high gloss lacquered walls before but check out this space with floor to ceiling mirrors!

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Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

Reese was my favorite in the silk georgette ice-blue with black velvet gown by Tom Ford.   I loved her choice of scaling back on the makeup with a nude lip.  Her hair was also simple, soft and pretty with a part down the middle.  The whole look was classic and elegant with just a touch of glam. Much like this dining room below…see what I did there..haha

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Emma Stone in Elie Saab

OK… this green is a tough, TOUGH color to pull off anywhere – let alone the red carpet. But paired with the right accessories this color can be a real showstopper. Like this green velvet settee shown in Lonny Magazine placed in Caroline Robert’s New Orleans home. The pale soft pastels tone this color down, letting it brighten the room with just the right amount of sass-much like Emma Stone.

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Design is everywhere. Be inspired.

Just for fun :: Think pink!

The sun is shining, the snow is melting and I have pink on the brain for Valentine’s Day week. Some weeks I get something in my head and then it seems to be all I can see. This week it’s pink for sure. Rooms with pink rugs, objects with gorgeous pink hues and a few hearts thrown in here and there. Just thought I would share some of the things that made me smile this week while I watched the snow fall…

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The right tone of pink can be just the pop of color you’re looking for in a space. A little bit goes a long way with this unexpected accent color. You know I’m not one to follow the trends but I’m starting to see pink rugs at every turn. This might be one trend I have to dabble in. I’m in love…

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Stay warm and cozy as we New Englanders brace for yet another storm.

Think pink…it will make it a little easier to take!